FINISTERRE – THE ONLY COLD WATER SURFING COMPANY IN THE WORLD

Based in Cornwall in the UK, Finisterre was founded by Tom Kay in 2002 “to promote cold water surfing, build products for it and lead in both.”

Tom spent most of his childhood in or around the sea and went on to study Marine Biology, so it was therefore a natural progression that he should start an ethically-motivated cold water surf brand that would challenge the big corporate surf companies.

Committed to making environmentally-friendly, innovative, technical clothes from recycled or natural fibres, much of the brand’s clothing is made from Merino wool, and since 2007 Finisterre has been working with Lesley Prior in Devon, the guardian of the last 28 Bowmont sheep on the planet, to develop a legitimate UK fine fibre supply chain.

The rare Bowmont breed was created 25 years ago by researchers in Scotland, who crossed British White Shetland Sheep with New Zealand Merinos to create a breed that produced merino-soft wool but were able to withstand the hardy UK weather.

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